William Playfair, when he is known today, is remembered as the inventor of “statistical graphics,” including the line, bar, and pie charts that we still use regularly today (and built into Microsoft Excel). He’s a sometime-hero of the Infogeek community. Edward Tufte cited him extensively in The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, and called Playfair one of the great inventors of modern graphical design, who created the “first time series using economic data.” (Tufte, Edward, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Graphics Press, 1983, 9, 32-34, 64-65, 91-92)
In the George Mason University Press’ forthcoming title, Playfair: The True Story of the British Secret Agent Who Changed How We See the World, author Bruce Berkowitz reveals a journey to uncover a truth that is often hidden, opaque, distorted, refracted by lenses of luck, fate, and personal conflicts of interest.
Playfair: The True Story of the British Secret Agent Who Changed How We See the World, by Bruce Berkowitz, will be published by the George Mason University Press in November 2017. It can be ordered from Amazon or from your favorite independent bookseller. George Mason University Press titles are distributed by University of Virginia Press and Longleaf Distribution.
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Looking for more study time before – and during – finals? Find it at Fenwick! From December 1 through December 16, the Library increases Friday and Saturday evening open hours and will close at Midnight. From December 11 through December 19, Monday through Thursday, and Sunday, December 17, Fenwick Library will be open until 2 a.m. Plus, Fenwick Lobby is open 24/10 starting December 9! The detailed schedule of Fenwick finals hours is posted on library.gmu.edu. Good luck with your exams, papers and projects!